McCarthy to Biden: Walk Away from Negotiations with Iran

Even after Iran admitted to firing a barrage of missiles in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate in Iraq, President Biden and his top deputies continue their negotiations with Iran — through Vladimir Putin’s Russia — to resurrect the disastrous Obama-era nuclear deal.

Despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration has continued to empower Vladimir Putin on the world stage by giving him an outsized role in their negotiations with Iran.

In response, Leader McCarthy delivered a speech on the House floor today where he called on President Biden to walk away from any negotiations with the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

Remarks as prepared are below, or watch online here.


“Before beginning today’s remarks, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the devastating news just reported out of Ukraine:

    • Fox News network confirmed moments ago one of their cameramen, Pierre Zakrzewski, was killed while on assignment
    • Over the weekend, Brent Renaud, an American journalist, working with a documentary film team who was fatally shot over the weekend

“An entire nation grieves with their families as they mourn the loss of a loved one.

“We also continue to pray for the recovery of Fox News correspondent, Benjamin Hall, who suffered serious injuries while covering the war.

“On Sunday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard fired dozens of missiles near the U.S. consulate in Iraq.

“This brazen attack on a civilian area by the terrorist arm of the Iranian regime was unjustified, illegal, and dangerous.

“Iran continues to wage an aggressive terror campaign against America and our allies.

“Remember, Iran’s parliament has chanted ‘death to America,’ and the commander and chief of the Revolutionary Guard has vowed to ‘set ablaze’ Israel.

“And yet, the Biden administration is quietly rushing ahead with a bad agreement that would give Iran – the world’s leading state sponsor of terror – nuclear weapons.

“President Biden has kept Congress and the American people in the dark about this dangerous deal. And when you look at its troubling terms, it’s easy to see why.

“It would lift our most significant terrorism and missile sanctions and send Iran hundreds of billions of dollars.

“That means Iran would receive a windfall of cash to continue the terror campaign that they engaged in on Sunday and every day.

“This agreement is entirely on Iran’s terms.

“Even Russia’s Ambassador says the deal the Biden administration is negotiating gives Iran ‘much more than it could expect, much more.’

“And in return for making significant concessions, we get nothing.

“No serious system to check if the Iranian regime is cheating on the terms of the deal.

“No safeguards against Iranian terrorism like we saw on Sunday. 

“No leverage over expanded trade between Russia, China, and Iran.

“And nothing to help the Iranian people.

“This reported agreement is even worse than the Obama Iran Deal of 2015. 

“Under the terms of this deal, Iran would be a nuclear state in the blink of an eye.

“It would have enough uranium to create nuclear bombs – which would endanger America, Israel, and the entire world.

“That is not only unthinkable, it is unacceptable.

“We should not allow the rogue Iranian regime to have nuclear weapons.

“The Biden administration has made a dangerous mistake by negotiating with the Iranian regime.

“Furthermore – President Biden has compounded his mistake by relying on Russia to negotiate on our behalf – and reportedly giving them ‘written guarantees’ that the deal would protect their trade with Tehran.

“Think about that: We’re making major concessions on Russian trade with Iran at the very moment we are sanctioning Russia for mercilessly killing Ukrainians. That’s outrageous and incoherent.

“Has President Biden learned nothing?

“Our objective is to isolate Putin, not empower him.

“The Russians should not be responsible for anything – especially not a major deal.

“I urge President Biden to make the right choice: walk away.”